When someone is convicted of a crime and sentenced to serve some time in prison, they do not normally have to stay locked up for that entire time. Every prisoner is eligible for a parole hearing at 1/3 of their sentence. If the prisoner is serving at least six months the hearing will be scheduled automatically. Otherwise, they will need to request a hearing. If a prisoner is released at 1/3 of their sentence they will be allowed to complete the remainder of that time in the community, under the supervision of a parole officer. If the hearing is unsuccessful or not scheduled at all, prisoners will ordinarily be released after 2/3 of their sentence.
I help prisoners prepare for parole hearings and make the best case possible for early release. This is a vital, and ofter overlooked, opportunity to drastically reduce the time you or your loved one may need to spend in custody. If you or someone you care about has been convicted of a crime, it is never too early to start preparing for your parole hearing. When the time comes, the parole board will want to see that the prisoner has used their time wisely and has taken concrete steps to better their life in the future. The earlier you start, the better you will look down the road.
It is very discouraging to face time in prison, or to know your loved one will be there. But effective planning can help keep that time to a minimum. Legal aid is available for many parole hearings, and for those who are not eligible my rates are affordable. Please do not neglect this important opportunity to get out sooner, and get your life back on track.